ARTICLE: Hogwarts House Book Recs – YA Contemporary Romance Edition

Article contributed to Rad Babes Reads by @booksndragons

Well hello my friends! Thank you for joining me on this, the third day of sorting week (also known as Thursday). I wanted to do something a little different today and stick to a specific genre for our sorting. Summer is always when I crave a good contemporary romance because they’re light, fun, and best of all, adorable. I’ve also noticed that many of the traits that define the houses can easily be found within the contemporary romance genre (I mean that can be said about a lot of genres but shhhh, I’m making excuses). Here are some of my favorite contemporary romances sorted!


Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West


image2 (1)Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

Courage, Bravery, Determination

I think the reason I chose Love, Life and the List for Gryffindor is pretty self explanatory by reading the synopsis. I mean, Abby is continuously facing fears and experiencing new things throughout the book and to me that is the epitome of courage and bravery. I also think that this book’s secondary house would be Ravenclaw since it does revolve lists, and we know how much Ravenclaws love lists!


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

image5Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Wit, Learning, Wisdom

Okay, I know what you’re thinking and no, I didn’t choose Fangirl because Kath is a writer. I think that throughout the novel Kath learns and grows, gaining wisdom from those who have more life experience and deciding what to make of the world herself. To me learning is always the most prominent trait of Ravenclaws and Kath learns a lot.


I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

image3 (1)Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

Proud, Ambitious, Cunning

Desi is one of the most Slytherin characters I’ve ever read about! I mean, just the first three sentences of the synopsis shows how ambitious she is and the idea that she examined the formula of K-dramas specifically to start a relationship with someone. It’s such a cunning idea in my mind, and i love it! I really like the idea of there being Slytherin characters in genres that are typically thought of as “softer”, such as contemporary romance, because I think it shows the different facets of the Slytherin house, that not all of them are evil. This is an adorable book about and adorable Slytherin.


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

image4What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Hard Work, Patience, Loyalty

As a proud Hufflepuff myself, this pick was very important to get right and I feel like I hit the nail on the head. I said that Desi was the most Slytherin character I’ve read. Well, Lara Jean is 100% the most Hufflepuff character I’ve ever read. I couldn’t even think about putting her or this book anywhere else. I mean, she works hard perfecting recipes, she’s patience with her little sister, and she is completely loyal to her family and friends.

10 Points to…

Everyone! If you read, or have read, any of these books let me know which your favorite is and what your Hogwarts house is. For me, I’m a Hufflepuff and my favorite book out of these selections is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’m curious if favorite books correlate with what your personal Hogwarts house is or if it’s just author bias in this case. I would love to know. Thank you for reading!

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